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Courtesy of Heidi Dillon

Bistro 31, Forty Five Ten, and Lucky’s Cafe: Heidi Dillon’s Dallas

It’s the week of the Dallas Art Fair and Whitewaller Dallas has arrived to reveal all you need to know about the exhibitions, events, and special projects taking place. All week-long we’ll bring you “Insider Tips” from those in-the-know on what to see, do, eat, and drink. Next up, television producer, talent manager, makeup artist, and drummer, Heidi Dillon.

“My girlfriends and I enjoy going out occasionally for what we affectionately refer to as ‘drunch.’ Drunch begins at 12:30 p.m and usually wraps around 6 or 7 p.m. My friends have what one might call, “big personalities,” so after the third glass of champagne, the decibel level of our conversation raises dramatically. As a result, there may have been a couple of times that we were asked to leave. Bistro 31 is my group’s go-to place for lunch/drunch/dinner/drinks because we are always made to feel welcome, the food is great, the vibe is always fun, and there are always people there who are louder than us.”

“My happy place in Dallas is the Arts District. There, you can stroll amongst buildings by Rem Koolhaas, I.M. Pei, Norman Foster, and Edward Larrabee Barnes. If forced to pick a favorite from the aforementioned architectural and cultural masterpieces, it would be the Renzo Piano-designed Nasher Sculpture Center. A few years ago, I chaired a one-off event called New Year’s Eve at The Nasher. On that magical evening, guests sipped champagne and enjoyed sculptures by Rodin, Brancusi, and Matisse, and then dined in a clear tent overlooking the gorgeous sculpture garden by landscape architect Peter Walker. We rang in the New Year dancing to the popular band Emerald City. I hope that one day The Nasher decides to throw another New Year’s Eve party!”

“Out-of-towners should definitely take some time to shop while they are in Dallas. My personal favorites are Forty Five Ten, every single store at Highland Park Village, downtown Neiman Marcus (I call it the ‘mother store’), NorthPark, and Galleria.”

“My son and I really enjoy having Saturday breakfast at Lucky’s Cafe on Oak Lawn. It is an old school/new school diner that has to-die-for biscuits.”




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